Happy Thanksgiving! Not an NFL football fan? Try these 20 holiday movies for kids, adults



Thanksgiving celebrations generally consist of three thing main things — family, food and football.

For those of you not excited about what the NFL has to offer on Thanksgiving Day, there are plenty of movies to help celebrate the holiday if you can find away to secure a screen without sports.

Here is a list of Thanksgiving movies to keep you and the family entertained for the holidays. There’s even a list for the kids.

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Thanksgiving movies for adults

Funny People

Comedian George Simmons looks to his old haunts and the people from his past that mattered most when given a second-chance at a new beginning. He even offers a toast on Thanksgiving.

Grumpy Old Men

No one was better at pulling off a good prank or practical joke than Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. You can learn a little something about pranks, as well as the importance of friends and family.

Hannah and Her Sisters

It’s Thanksgiving. It’s relationships. It’s Woody Allen. It’s relationships. “I don’t know if you remember me, but we had the worst night of my life together?”

Home for the Holidays

Have you ever had a really bad day, gone home and life got even worse? Jodie Foster can relate. That’s what Thanksgiving is for, am I right?


If you’re looking for family drama, this one has everything you’re looking for and then some. This Thanksgiving gathering reunites a troubled woman with her extended family that she abandoned years earlier. Now, she’s here to make amends. Is anyone ready for forgiveness?

Pieces of April

April has invited her dying mother and the rest of her dysfunctional family to Thanksgiving. We’ve all been there. But did your oven quit working? Me, either. This is a Thanksgiving April will never forget.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Some consider this movie about holiday travel starring John Candy and Steve Martin the holiday’s best movie ever. If you need to relax and enjoy a few laughs, this one can bring the whole family together. But if the kids are watching, be prepared for a few outbursts of foul language.


One of the most awkward romantic relationships in cinematic history began on Thanksgiving Day. Oh, and there’s a really big fight at the end. Good thing there are several sequels. You’ll likely be left screaming for more: “Yo, Adrian!”

Scent of a Woman

Blind and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (played by Al Pacino) has Baird preparatory student Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell) to watch over him Thanksgiving weekend — an adventure neither one will forget. Test car drives, dancing the tango with a beautiful woman and Thanksgiving dinner with the family are all on tap. Plus, Lt. Colonel Slade’s epic rant on whether Charlie has what it takes to be a Baird man. 

Who hasn’t wanted to open up a red 1989 Ferrari Mondial t Cabriolet on the city streets with a blind, retired Army Lt. Colonel behind the wheel? Whoo-ah!

The Big Chill

This star-studded cast will give you a reason to stay warm on Thanksgiving. Reminisce and give thanks with this group of friends reuniting over a lost college friend. If you’re looking friendship, romance, laughter and tears, this movie has it all.

The Blind Side

Based on a true story, the movie looks at the journey of former NFL offensive lineman Michael Oher, who went from being a homeless, traumatized boy to an All-American football player and 1st-round NFL draft pick with the help of Leigh Ann Tuohy and her family. Experience his first Thanksgiving dinner with the Tuohy family and all the fixings.

The Humans

In the mood for a dysfunctional drama? Take a trip to Pennsylvania where three generations of a family gather for Thanksgiving, exploring “the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.”

You’ve Got Mail

How could anyone forget how Joe Fox comes to the rescue of Kathleen Kelly in a crowded supermarket on Thanksgiving Day? This classic Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan rom-com is exactly what the online doctor of love ordered.

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

What would a holiday be without Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang?

Addams Family Values

This is where you go for a history lesson, as a theatrical production depicting the very first Thanksgiving is on full display. However, it takes place at a summer camp. How much more Thanksgiving can you get?


It’s not quite “Home Alone,” but this movie still does the trick. The twist is Doyle (Ethan Embry) doesn’t have any interest in getting to know his mom’s boyfriend, Dutch (Ed O’Neill), during a Thanksgiving road trip from Atlanta to Chicago. There are plenty of shenanigans to be had.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The dinner party with a Thanksgiving-style feast for all is the main holiday link to this animated adventure that sees a fox return to farm raiding. The decision brings about retaliation by the farmer on his friends and family. Is he fantastic enough to fix the mess he created for those he cares for the most?


Two turkeys, Jake and Reggie, go back in time in an effort to remove turkey from the Thanksgiving menu and change how the holiday is celebrated forever. Tofurkey anyone?

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

Help Tim and Annie overcome their boredom and help save the farm in the rustic town of Turkey Hollow while visiting their Aunt Cly for Thanksgiving. The pair search for proof of the local monster of folklore legend — the howling hoodoo.


Crawl (Pauley Shore) goes from college, city boy to trying his luck at being a farmhand when he visits the family of his college friend, Becca (Carla Gugino). The real challenge aside from learning how to do farm chores is figuring out if Crawl will be the Warners’ new son-in-law.

Chris Sims is a digital producer for the Journal Star. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.

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